Clear Creek Trail

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona 86023

Elevation Gain10,569ft
Trailhead Elevation2,650ft
Elevation Min/Max2649/4271ft
Elevation Start/End2650/2650ft

Clear Creek Trail

Clear Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Coconino County, Arizona. It is within Grand Canyon National Park. It is 8.7 miles long and begins at 2,650 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 18.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 10,569 feet. The Phantom Overlook and Colorado River View viewpoints can be seen along the trail. There is also a bench along the trail. The trail ends near the Clear Creek Camp site. This trail connects with the following: North Kaibab Trail.

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Hiking Grand Canyon National Park (Falcon Guides)
Ben Adkison
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"An extended backpack trip of four to six days deep within the Grand Canyon."
100 Classic Hikes Arizona (The Mountaineers Books)
Scott S. Warren
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"Just as the Tonto Trail follows its namesake plateau below the South Rim, the Clear Creek Trail travels across the same landform on the north side of the river. Climbing east from Phantom Ranch, the Clear Creek Trail eventually reaches a major drainage of the North Rim. Rewards of this lengthy hike are spectacular views of the Inner Gorge, a clear running creek, and access to the Colorado River."

Clear Creek Trail Trip Reports

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I hiked a portion of this trail as a "day hike" addition to my hike down into the canyon using the S. Kaibab Trail. I camped in Bright Angel Campground.
I hiked the first 1.5 miles of this trail (relatively steep, but safe) - up to a scenic overlook point that looks over Phantom Ranch and the Bright Angel Campground. The CCC (presumably) built a stone bench at this point in the trail.

I would have enjoyed going further on this trail, but it was well over 100 at 11am in early June and I was hiking solo on this dayhike - played it safe and turned around at the overlook spot and returned to the trail head.

This is a MUCH smaller trail than the "cooridor" trails (Kaibab & Bright Angel). Most of this trail is single or 1.5 person wide. The area that I hiked was well marked (easy to follow). Very scenic - I rated 3 of 5 only because I didn't see much of the full trail. What I hiked was beautiful though.
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A great connector trail on our way to Cheyava Falls. Trail is well constructed. Will be brutal when hot. Most people just hike the first 2 miles out of Phantom Ranch for some really great views.
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Trail Information

Grand Canyon National Park
Nearby City
Grand Canyon National Park
Skill Level
Grand Canyon National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Bright Angel, Phantom Ranch
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